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Patrick O'Brian's Navy: The Illustrated…

Patrick O'Brian's Navy: The Illustrated Companion to Jack Aubrey's World

by Richard O'Neill

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From the moment that Master and Commander, the first of Patrick O'Brian's sequence of 20 novels about the 19th century British Royal Navy officer Jack Aubrey and his surgeon colleague Stephen Maturin, was published in 1970, critics hailed his work as a masterpiece of historical recreation. Called "the best historical novels ever written" by the New York Times, the books have sold millions of copies. This first full-color illustrated companion to the Aubrey-Maturin series, timed to coincide with the release of the blockbuster Twentieth-Century Fox film adaptation starring Russell Crowe, explains the fascinating physical details of Jack Aubrey's fictional world. An in-depth historical reference, it brings to life the political, cultural, and physical setting of O'Brian's novels. Annotated drawings, paintings, and diagrams reveal the complex parts of a ship and its rigging, weaponry, crew quarters and duties, below-deck conditions, and fighting tactics, while maps illustrate the location featured in each novel.… (more)
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I'm filled with an overwhelming amount of apathy about this book. It's okay, I guess - a decent introduction to a specific slice of history, with a few ties to the Aubreyad and some interesting illustrations, but nothing about it was really compelling to me. If you've done any reading on the period already, this book really doesn't have anything to offer. ( )
  jen.e.moore | Jul 24, 2015 |
A delicious feast for the eyes and the mind. Indispensible companion to Patrick O'Brians Jack Aubry series, especially for those not steeped in naval tradition and history. But even for the expert there is something in every chapter worth having. If you have never served on a ship the breakdown of the day by watch, division and duty is worth the price of the book. As is the description of a ship's rigging. ( )
  joysgood | Jan 3, 2010 |
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